A group of self-taught Rwandan artisans living in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsis, the women of Savane Rutongo-Kibuye collectively create stunning embroideries portraying images of Rwandan life. PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kibuye, a traveling exhibition showcasing these artworks, has been featured in a range of spaces including The Textile Museum in Washington, DC and The Puffin Foundation in Teaneck, NJ.
Curated by Juliana Meehan, the exhibition is now on view at the gallery inside the Port Authority Building on West 42nd Street. Featured above is The Weaver in the Palace, one of the many painterly images fashioned with needle and thread. Several more follow:
PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kibuye is an homage to these remarkable women, their talents and the role they play in the reconstruction, reconciliation and desire for peace taking place throughout Rwanda.
Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky